Dentures are a great solution for many people who are missing some or all of their teeth. However, it’s common to have questions surrounding denture care. That’s why, today, we’ll be discussing some tips and tricks for denture care. Read on to learn more, and if you are in need of dentures or any other dental care, schedule an appointment with your Torrance dentist at James W. Mellert DDS and Associates today.
Just because dentures are not natural teeth does not make it any less important to clean and care for them properly. You’ll want to brush your dentures both in and out of your mouth, and be sure to use the proper cleaning agent as regular toothpaste can damage dentures. Soaking your dentures in a non-abrasive denture cleaner can help remove bacteria, food, and plaque as well. Failing to practice good oral hygiene habits can cause bad breath, fungal infections, gum irritation, and other problems.
We recommend taking your dentures out while you sleep to ensure your mouth gets at least a six- to eight-hour break. This gives your gums time to heal from any possible irritation from wearing your dentures. Dentures should be soaked overnight in warm water or a dentist-approved solution to keep them in good condition.
Wearing dentures takes some getting used to, especially eating and speaking. While eating, start with softer foods such as oatmeal and soup. As you get used to the feel of chewing, slowly add in some solid foods. Additionally, it can feel a little funny to speak at first. Try reading a book aloud to get used to how the dentures feel as you talk.
Dentures do take some getting used to. However, they shouldn’t hurt, and with practice you should be able to speak and eat comfortably. If you find yourself avoiding meals or not going out in public because it’s difficult to speak, make an appointment with your dentist. He can adjust your dentures so they fit better, and you can enjoy having a full, healthy smile that you are proud to show off.